Driver rushed to hospital after van slams into Lauderhill house

LAUDERHILL, FLA. (WSVN) - A 74-year-old man was rushed to the hospital after the van he was driving crashed into a house in Lauderhill, Tuesday.

According to Lauderhill Fire Rescue, the van crashed into the front of a house located along the 500 block of Northwest 33rd Avenue, at around 3 p.m.

Fire rescue officials said the driver of the van had to be pulled out of the van after getting trapped inside.

He was rushed to Broward Health Medical Center with serious injuries, according to Lauderhill Fire Rescue.

According to police, the driver crashed into an electricity pole. The impact sheered off the bottom third of the pole, and then crossed over multiple front lawns until the driver ultimately crashed the van into the home.

The driver of the van told police he hit the gas pedal instead of the brakes.

Police said a mother and her four children were inside the home at the time of the crash. However, they were OK.

Abigail Striggles was cleaning near the area of the crash. “It was me and my little sister, but my sister finished before I did, so she was in the den,” she said. “As I’m picking up the stuff, I thought it was thunder because I heard rumbling, and then the lights started flickering on and off, so I turned, and as soon as I turned, the door came in and everything started falling, so I had to rush ’cause I was right next to the door.”

Red Cross came to the assistance of the family, and the family said they will stay with other relatives for the night.

FPL employees told 7News the damaged pole is only affecting the electricity of the house that was hit. However, crews said, they will have to shut off power to the entire block in order to make the necessary repairs.

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